New Bletchley homes ‘will only add to traffic problems’

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Plans for nearly 2,000 new homes in Salden Chase could cause fresh “traffic and infrastructure problems” in Bletchley, according to Labour Party bosses.

The development, which proposes 1,855 new hopmes, as well as two schools and an employment area, was rejected by council planning bosses four years ago.

However a fresh plan has gone to Aylesbury Vale and Milton Keynes councils, prompting campaigners to again cite their concerns about the impact on roads and services such as Milton keynes Hospital.

Labour community leader Elaine Wales said, “This new revised plan for Salden Chase still has more to do with making money than meeting local needs.

“Despite the need for more affordable homes, this proposal is in the wrong place and will add to pressure on local roads and services. I am particularly worried about its impact on traffic problems around the Buckingham Road.”

Andrew Pakes, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Milton Keynes South, added, “This is the wrong proposal for Milton Keynes and will lead to extra houses on the outskirts of Bletchley with the infrastructure or local services to support them.

“If Salden Chase gets the go-ahead Milton Keynes will end up paying the price for extra demand on schools, GPs and local services but with little support as the homes are outside of the borough. We desperately need more affordable homes but we need the infrastructure to go with expansion.”

Andrew Pakes and Elaine Wales will be writing to over 2,500 homes affected by the proposals this week urging residents to express their concerns about the plans without resolution of the infrastructure problems, especially the full funding of a by-pass to remove traffic from the already congested Buckingham Road.